Title Profile & Character Information

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Annotation
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?"Furiously paced, terrifying, exhilarating, and heartbreaking, The Knife of Never Letting Go is a book that haunts your imagination." - Sunday Telegraph (UK)"A Penetrating look at . . . what it takes to be a man in a society gone horribly wrong." - Booklist, starred review"A series opener as promising as it is provocative." - The Horn Book

Awards
2008  Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
2011-2012  Virginia Reader's Choice Awards

Characters
NameHewitt, Todd
GenderBoy
TraitRunaway

GenreYoung adult fiction
Science fiction
Adventure
Thriller
Dystopia
TopicsDystopias
Space colonies
Secrets
Runaways
Small town secrets
Small town life
Teenage boys
Self-discovery
Dogs
Pets
Boys
SettingSmall town